Earlier today, I had the pleasure of watching the Week 10 match between Ebusua Dwarfs and Asante Kotoko FC. Although no goals were scored, it was a rather entertaining match between an energetic home-side and the rather defensive Porcupine Warriors. I have to say that Dwarfs is probably the best team I have seen this season. I was very much impressed with this solid team, combining quick passes and powerful running.
I have always been a big fan of Foli Adade, the promising goalkeeper of Dwarfs. Adade had a good game and looked confident dealing with crosses. He is an intelligent goalkeeper who always seems to know where to position himself.
I have been looking forward to see right-back Christopher Bonney in action. Bonney, signed from the Unistar Soccer Academy, has been a revelation since he joined Dwarfs. Bonney controlled Richard Mpong throughout the game, stopped several Kotoko-attacks with great interceptions, made a few overlapping runs and had several decent crosses from the right flank. Bonney is definitely a player to watch.
At left-back, Kwabena Twumasi had a good game. Twumasi, formerly of Liberty Professionals FC, impressed with his energy levels, constantly making powerful runs up and down the flank.
Centre-back Stephen Aidoo is the leader of the Dwarfs-defence. Aidoo, formerly of Eleven Wise FC, is built like a rock, tackles hard and is almost unbeatable in the air. Kotoko-striker Ransford Osei was no match for the experienced strongman. Aidoo was partnered by the sensational newcomer Vincent Atingah. Atingah, a lanky, athletic central defender, looked calm, confident and massive in the heart of the defence.
Eric Opoku played at the left side of midfield while Nicholas Gyan played at the right. Gyan is a lively winger and unleashed several powerful shots from longe range. Opoku had a rather quiet game and was eventually replaced with Bright Lukeman, formerly of Windy Professionals FC and Liberty Professionals FC. Lukeman was a breath of fresh air when he entered the field. Lukeman is a creative player, always looking for ways to break down the opposition. Lukeman had several good attempts on goal and a few clinical passes that his teammates should have taken better advantage of. So far, Lukeman has mostly been a substitute at Dwarfs, somewhat difficult to understand based on his performance against Kotoko. Ricky Adjei Mensah (born 01.02.1992), formerly of Aduana Stars FC and the Unistar Soccer Academy, balanced the midfield with short, clever passes and good ball-winning ability, allowing his midfield partner Kwame Frimpong (born 15.03.1992) to roam freely. Frimpong is the playmaker of the team, often launching attacks with tailor-made passes. Frimpong has some quick feet and gave Godfred Asante and Michael Akuffo a hard time. Frimpong was substituted for Ato Aggrey, formerly of Asante Kotoko FC. Aggrey battled hard in the center of the field and looked strong and powerful. Francis Attuquaye, also a former player of the Unistar Soccer Academy, had a rather free role behind point man Prince Appiah. I had looked forward to see Attuquaye but I am pretty sure he has played better games. He did show some creativity and had a healthy work-rate. Appiah, a burly striker, troubled the Kotoko defenders but he was often not to find in the box when Twumasi and Bonney pin-pointed their crosses from the flanks. Appiah was substituted for Asiwome Fumador, a big, strong striker signed from second-level side Elmina Sharks FC. Fumador looked sharp but should have gone for technique and not power when he was in scoring position.
In goal, Kotoko preferred veteran Abdoulaye Soulama (born 29.11.1974), the full international player from Burkina Faso. Soulama is such an experienced performer and he played yet another perfect match, never showing any sign of weakness. Soulama was helped by the rock-solid central defensive pair of Rashid Sumaila (born 18.12.1992) and Kwabena Adusei (born 03.06.1987). Sumaila is definitely one of the most promising defenders in Ghana. I knew that he was powerful, brave and athletic but he is also surprisingly cultured when having the ball in his feet. At several times, the hard-tackling youngster started attacks from his deep position. Adusei was, as always, tough and effective. Yaw Frimpong (born 04.12.1986) played at right-back while Ivorian defender Ben Adama Banh played at left-back. I have seen Frimpong a lot better in previous matches and I missed his trademark overlapping runs. Apparently, Frimpong will travel to DR Congo and join TP Mazembe in January 2013. Yaw Frimpong was substituted for Amos Frimpong (born 18.11.1991), his natural replacement when he leaves the club. Amos Frimpong, formerly of BA Stars FC, has been impressive so far this season and I think he deserves a chance to make the right-back position his own. Bahn, formerly of Africa Sports, is solid when defending but he lacks the attacking qualities of his left-back competitors, Gideon Baah and Joseph Ochaya. Godfred Asante (born 24.07.1988) and Michael Akuffo (born 18.12.1985) controlled the midfield of Kotoko; Asante being more creative and attacking-minded, while Akuffo balanced the team with his healthy work-rate and ball-winning skills. Neither of them outshone Kwame Frimpong of Dwarfs. Akuffo was substituted for Prince Baffoe. Baffoe, the highly rated attacking midfielder, made his first performance of the season. Michael Anaba played at the right side of midfield while Richard Mpong (born 04.07.1990) worked hard at the left. Anaba is a bit “on and off” but at times, he shows a quality that is rarely found in the GLO Premier Leauge. I believe it is fair to say that Anaba, a creative and intelligent attacking midfielder, is the player with the most potential at Asante Kotoko FC. Anaba was substituted for striker Kofi Nti Boakye (born 05.04.1987), the top scorer of the team. Mpong has yet to find his role in the team after the transfer from Medeama SC. At his former club, Mpong was behind several attacks every game, using dribbles, creativity and speed. At Kotoko, Mpong has so far been more of a workhorse.
Michael Helegbe (born 15.09.1985), formerly of Liberty Professionals FC, played just behind lone striker Ransford Osei (born 05.12.1990). Helegbe is excellent when he picks up the ball in midfield, uses his excellent close-control, and dribbles past his opponents. Unfortunately, his qualities were not used effectively against Dwarfs. Osei worked hard and had a few attempts at goal. However; he should definitely improve his finishing. Personally, I would have preferred Kofi Nti Boakye up front.
The picture is of Kwame Frimpong, the midfield maestro of Dwarfs, and was found on Ghanasoccernet.